This is not the first time that BMW has treated the compact segment to its customary brand of driving pleasure. The BMW 1 Series, for example, has fulfilled this role for almost 10 years now, its standout position among its rivals rooted most prominently in its rear-wheel-drive concept (still a unique proposition in this class), powerful engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a compelling premium character. And now the BMW 2 Series Coupe takes the levels of driving pleasure on offer in a compact model to even greater heights. The new two-door cuts a particularly impressive figure with its distinctive body design, a range of extremely powerful engines and specially configured chassis technology.
There is clear water between the BMW 2 Series Coupe and the BMW 1 Series, the new model assuming a character all of its own. This differentiation is immediately recognisable in the design of the new car, but it also makes its presence felt in terms of performance. The BMW 2 Series Coupe is an even more eye-catching creation than its predecessor, the resoundingly successful BMW 1 Series Coupe (of which more than 150,000 units have been sold worldwide). As well as a standalone appearance and increased dimensions, there is also greater depth to its product substance in terms of both technology and standard equipment. The result is a new dimension in driving dynamics, aesthetic appeal and premium allure in the compact segment, highlighted by the “2” in the new car’s model designation. The number 2 has denoted the presence of a supremely sporting driving experience in a compact two-door car for over 45 years – ever since the introduction of the BMW 02 range.
The specific vehicle concept behind the BMW 2 Series Coupe – unique in its segment – is faithfully reflected in its body design. The two-door model is first and foremost a Coupe from the BMW brand, and the design features that identify a member of this special breed – a three-box body with clearly defined boot and low-slung silhouette, a long bonnet, doors with frameless windows and a dynamically stretched roofline flowing smoothly into the rear end – are carried over into a compact model with greater enthusiasm and intent than ever. The ultra-sporty driving characteristics of the BMW 2 Series Coupe – generated by a hand-picked selection of engines and chassis technology tuned to make the perfect pairing – are thus unambiguously expressed in the design of the exterior. The 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder engine in the BMW 220i Coupe is making its debut in a compact BMW model, and the 240 kW/326 hp six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet of the BMW M235i Coupe earns it top billing as the most powerful petrol-driven member of the BMW M Performance Automobile line-up.
The specific proportions of the BMW 2 Series Coupe are contained within a body measuring 4,432 millimetres in length. The two-door model is therefore 108 millimetres longer than the BMW 1 Series and 72 millimetres longer than the outgoing BMW 1 Series Coupe. The new compact Coupe is also 32 millimetres wider than its predecessor (at 1,774 millimetres), and has a 30-millimetre longer wheelbase (2,690 millimetres) and wider tracks (front: 1,521 millimetres, +41 millimetres; rear: 1,556 millimetres, +43 millimetres). At the same time the vehicle height has been lowered by 5 millimetres to 1,418 millimetres. The result is an increase in interior space and 20 litres of extra boot capacity (now 390 litres). Added to which, the BMW 2 Series Coupe also boasts more efficient aerodynamics than both the BMW 1 Series and its predecessor, as reflected in a Cd of 0.29 for the BMW 220i Coupe.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe builds on the brand’s tradition of compact models offering a satisfying degree of driver engagement. And the presence of the 2 in the model designation creates a close link to this heritage. The introduction in 1966 of the BMW 1600-2, for instance, opened up a whole new vehicle segment. Inspired most profoundly by its precisely tailored package of powertrain and chassis technology, the two-door Coupe became a global standard-bearer for sporty handling and intense driving pleasure in the compact car segment. Additional engine variants increased the appeal of the new model series. For example, the BMW 2002 presented in 1968 took centre stage – in terms of both popularity and its success in turning “Freude am Fahren” (Sheer Driving Pleasure) from a slogan into an experience for whole new target groups. The most spectacular variant was the 125 kW/170 hp BMW 2002 turbo – the first model from a European manufacturer to gain the services of a turbocharger.
An instantly beguiling blend of sporting prowess and elegance marks out the design of BMW Coupes. And the exterior features which are such a key element of this identity have been carried over to the compact segment car with greater purpose than ever for the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The proportions, lines and surface design of the car have all been tailored to accentuate both the agile driving properties of the two-door and its unique appearance. The BMW 2 Series Coupe has its own specific design language, which secures it a stand-out position in the brand’s model range and – most importantly – sets it apart unmistakably from its segment rivals.
Sporting presence, muscular agility and assured elegance come together in the exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Coupe. Defining elements of its interior, meanwhile, include the driver-focused cockpit design you expect of a BMW and a light and contemporary brand of functionality. The car’s more clearly distinguished design identity illustrates its progress in moving the game on from its predecessor. The BMW 2 Series Coupe embodies Sheer Driving Pleasure in more concentrated and intense form than ever before in the premium compact segment.
The individual vehicle concept of the BMW 2 Series Coupe is underlined by its specific front and rear end design, dynamically stretched lines and an almost 11-centimetre increase in body length over the BMW 1 Series. Characteristic design elements of a BMW Coupe have been carried over into the compact segment and signature brand features given a fresh twist.
Another stand-out feature of BMW Coupes – the hallmark three-box body structure with a clear distinction between roofline and boot – has a particularly clear presence in the new compact model. Like the side swage lines that wrap around into the rear end, this feature picks up on characteristic styling elements of the BMW 02, drawing a link between the new car and the brand’s long tradition of sporting and agile compact models.
Lines tapering down dynamically towards the BMW kidney grille lend the front end of the BMW 2 Series Coupe a forward-surging presence. The modified contours of the headlight units narrow at their inner extremes, while a standard accent strip – or, if the optional bi-xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the hallmark BMW twin circular lights. The BMW kidney grille, which is separated from the headlights by narrow strips on either side, protrudes clearly from the front of the car and slants forward at a slight angle. The three-dimensional design of the grille surround and its 11 vertical bars reinforce the car’s striking appearance. The lower air intake is split into three sections. The two outer elements are particularly large and their outlines replicate the form of the headlight units. Air Curtains are integrated harmoniously into an additional section at the outer edges of the front apron and channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front side panels, causing it to hang over the wheels like a curtain. This reduces turbulence and further enhances the outstanding aerodynamics of the BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The side view of the BMW 2 Series Coupe sees signature brand features like a long bonnet, short overhangs, set-back passenger compartment, Hofmeister kink (the counter-swing in the window frame at the trailing edge of the C-pillars) and door openers integrated into the swage line blending with coupe-specific design elements, chief among them the slim window graphic and sweeping roofline gliding back smoothly into the rear end. A prominent character line above the door sill sweeps up rearwards of the B-pillar into the rear wheel arch, whose powerfully flared form focuses the mind on the car’s rear-wheel drive and swells the BMW 2 Series Coupe’s body to its broadest point. The dynamic wedge shape of the two-door model is emphasised, too, by the door sill line itself, which likewise rises up towards the rear. The BMW 2 Series Coupe also has doors with frameless windows and turn signal indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors.
The rear of the BMW 2 Series Coupe is a broad and powerful affair, an impression reinforced by the single-piece light units reaching far into the car’s flanks in the L-shape familiar from other BMW models. An unmistakable night design is provided by the likewise L-shaped LED rear light strips within the units. The third brake light positioned at the upper edge of the rear window is also fed by LED units.
The lines along the sides of the boot lid taper downwards slightly. This styling cue, along with the additional crease and suggested diffuser element in the rear apron, accentuates the BMW 2 Series Coupe’s road focus and low centre of gravity. And yet the new car also has a wider boot aperture than its predecessor.
The exterior paintwork of the BMW 2 Series Coupe can be ordered in a choice of two non-metallic and 10 metallic shades, while customers can also specify Estoril Blue metallic as part of the M Sport package.
The dominant themes of the BMW 2 Series Coupe’s interior are the driver-focused design of the cockpit, contemporary functionality and high-quality materials. An Easy Entry function for the front seats facilitates access to the two rear seats, which offer 21 millimetres more legroom than the outgoing Coupe, while headroom for the driver and front passenger has grown by a similar extent. Functionality levels are raised another notch by features including large storage compartments in the doors. The structure of the surfaces for the instrument panel, centre console and door trim is dominated by the “layering” effect created by various overlapping surfaces. The length of the doors is emphasised by the converging lines of the door trim elements.
If the BMW 2 Series Coupe is fitted with an optional navigation system or the BMW Professional radio, it will also feature the BMW iDrive operating system, which includes a freestanding onboard monitor in flatscreen design. The Control Display comes in 6.5 or 8.8-inch form, depending on the version specified, while the Controller on the centre console has a touch-sensitive surface which allows the driver to input characters (if the Navigation system Professional is fitted).
Dakota leather trim is available as an alternative to the standard cloth seat surfaces in a choice of three colours. The interior trim strips come in matt Satin Silver as standard but are also optionally available in brushed aluminium or Fineline Stream exquisite wood.
The BMW Lines – available as an alternative to standard specification for the BMW 2 Series Coupe – offer harmoniously coordinated exterior and interior design and equipment features. Both the BMW Sport Line and BMW Modern Line include 17-inch light-alloy wheels in exclusive designs, ambient lighting with variable use of colours and special seat upholstery, interior trim strip and car key designs. BMW Sport Line brings a high-gloss black finish for the outer air intake surrounds, the front of the kidney grille bars, the cross rib in the centre air intake and the rear apron, emphasising the dynamic credentials of the two-door newcomer. And BMW Modern Line serves the cause of progressive elegance through the use of matt aluminium for the design elements mentioned above and a body-coloured paint finish for the cross rib in the centre air intake.
Also available from the launch of the BMW 2 Series Coupe is the M Sport package developed specially for the new model. This option comprises bespoke suspension tuning (including a 10-millimetre drop in ride height and 17-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design), aerodynamically optimised body elements (including large front air intakes, striking side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), plus a special design for the BMW kidney grille and an exhaust tailpipe embellisher in high-gloss chrome. In addition to aluminium door sill strips bearing the M logo, features such as sports seats for the driver and front passenger, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue, a special dial design for the instrument cluster, ambient lighting and an M driver’s footrest also combine to bring an intense aura of sporty driving to the interior of the BMW 2 Series Coupe.
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology ensures an unbeatable balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy in both the petrol and the diesel engines available from launch for the BMW 2 Series Coupe. Output is up by as much as 10 kW over the new car’s predecessor, yet average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle has dropped by up to 21 per cent, depending on the model. The specially assembled engine line-up for the BMW 2 Series Coupe, the advanced chassis technology tuned precisely to the engine output on offer and the rear-wheel-drive configuration unique in its segment provide a sporty driving experience beyond the reach of any rival, combined with outstanding comfort. Added to which, the standard Driving Experience Control switch gives drivers the option – at the touch of a button – of adjusting the car’s set-up to their individual preferences or the driving situation at hand.
One four-cylinder petrol engine and one four-cylinder diesel unit are available from launch, putting 135 kW/184 hp at the disposal of the BMW 220i Coupe and BMW 220d Coupe. Joining them centre stage, with a six-cylinder in-line engine developing 240 kW/326 hp, is the BMW M235i Coupe (see chapter 5). And following hot on the heels of that trio are two more four-cylinder diesel models in the form of the BMW 218d Coupe (105 kW/143 hp) and BMW 225d Coupe (160 kW/218 hp). All the engines can be combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox (standard in the BMW 225d Coupe) for fuel consumption and emissions figures that are even lower than those achieved with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. All model variants come with extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology as standard and meet the stipulations of the EU6 exhaust standard.
The engine powering the BMW 220i Coupe sources significantly higher output from its 2.0-litre displacement than the four-cylinder petrol units available for the BMW 1 Series range. The driver can rely on the services of 135 kW/184 hp between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm and peak torque of 270 Newton metres (199 lb-ft), which is on tap between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The engine makes for a compelling proposition thanks to a familiar BMW appetite for revs, an impressive level of efficiency and – courtesy of a modified piston construction – optimised acoustic properties. Its BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control.
The BMW 220i Coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 7.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 235 km/h / 146 mph (automatic: 230 km/h / 143 mph). The average fuel consumption of the BMW 220i Coupe stands at between 6.1 and 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres / 46.3 – 44.8 mpg imp (automatic: 5.7 – 6.0 litres / 49.6 – 47.1 mpg imp), while its CO2 emissions come in at between 142 and 148 grams per kilometre (134 – 139 g/km; figures are calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified). As these figures confirm, the BMW 220i Coupe’s 10 kW increase in output over its predecessor has been complemented by a drop in fuel consumption of up to 14 per cent.
A turbocharger with variable inlet geometry and common rail direct injection, whose solenoid valve injectors employ maximum pressure of 1,800 bar, are the key features of the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine technology in the BMW 220d Coupe. This enables the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine to match instantaneous pulling power with extremely efficient combustion. Maximum output of 135 kW/184 hp is available at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Newton metres (280 lb-ft) comes on stream between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm.
Fitted with the standard manual gearbox, the BMW 220d Coupe dashes from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 7.2 seconds (7.1 seconds with the optional automatic). Top speed stands at 230 km/h / 143 mph with either gearbox. The output of the BMW 220d Coupe is 5 kW higher than that of its predecessor, yet it records even lower fuel consumption and emissions. Average fuel economy stands at 4.5 – 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres / 62.8 – 58.9 mpg imp (automatic: 4.2 – 4.4 litres / 67.3 – 64.2 mpg imp), CO2 emissions are 119–125 grams per kilometre (111 – 117 g/km; figures are calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified). Cars fitted with the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox achieve the largest reduction in fuel consumption, of around 21 per cent.
Customers can order their BMW 220d Coupe from launch with a BMW M Performance Power Kit from the Original BMW Accessories range. This kit lifts engine output by 12 KW and increases peak torque by 20 Newton metres (15 lb-ft). Fuel consumption and emissions are unaffected by the resultant improvement in sprinting performance.
Further additions to the engine line-up include another two 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. A turbocharger with variable geometry and common rail direct injection, whose solenoid valve injectors fire fuel into the combustion chambers at up to 1,600 bar, endow the engine in the BMW 218d Coupe with peak output of 105 kW/143 hp and maximum torque of 320 Newton metres (236 lb-ft). The entry-level diesel model needs 8.9 seconds (automatic: 8.6 seconds) to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph en route to a top speed of 213 km/h / 132 mph (213 km/h / 132 mph). The BMW 218d Coupe posts average fuel consumption of 4.3 – 4.5 litres (4.2 – 4.4 litres) per 100 kilometres / 64.9 – 62.8 (67.3 – 64.2) mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 114 – 119 grams per kilometre (111 – 117 g/km; all data are provisional, fuel consumption and emission figures are calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified).
Serving up output of 160 kW/218 hp and peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft), the engine in the BMW 225d Coupe is the most powerful diesel variant available for the new two-door model. Its two-stage turbocharging system consists of one large and one small turbocharger, also with variable geometry, whose precisely controlled interplay ensures instantaneous pulling power. The piezo injectors of its common rail direct injection system generate maximum pressure of 2,000 bar. The BMW 225d Coupe is fitted as standard with the eight-speed automatic gearbox and sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. Top speed is 242 km/h / 150 mph. With average fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres / 60.1 mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 124 grams per kilometre, the sportiest diesel model in the line-up also achieves outstanding efficiency (all data are provisional, fuel consumption and emission figures are calculated according to the EU test cycle).
As well as the eight-speed automatic gearbox, the BMW 2 Series Coupe can also be ordered as an option with a Sports automatic, which uses ultra-fast gear changes to underline the dynamic character of the two-door car. This gearbox variant likewise comes with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function (not available for 218d), which enables traction-optimised, dynamically maximised acceleration off the line. All the 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph acceleration figures for the automatic variants of the BMW 2 Series Coupe were recorded using Launch Control.
The standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch on the centre console allows the car’s set-up to be adjusted at the touch of a button through COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO settings. SPORT+ mode is also available for cars equipped with at least one of the following options: Sports automatic gearbox, M Sport package, BMW Sport Line, Adaptive M suspension or variable sport steering. The Driving Experience Control switch can also be used to modify the car’s accelerator mapping and steering characteristics as well as – depending on specification – the responses of the automatic gearbox and dampers.
In ECO PRO mode the car encourages a particularly relaxed as well as frugal driving style. And BMW 2 Series Coupe drivers also reap the benefits of the latest addition to the fuel-saving arsenal – the coasting function, available in conjunction with an automatic gearbox. At speeds between 50 and 160 km/h (approx. 30 and 100 mph), the powertrain is disengaged as soon as the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator. If the Navigation system Professional is specified, drivers also enjoy the services of the Proactive Driving Assistant. In ECO PRO mode this system alerts drivers to the ideal fuel-saving moment to take their foot off the gas ahead of corners, junctions, roundabouts and speed-restricted areas.
The standard-fitted BMW EfficientDynamics technology also includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, an Optimum Shift Indicator and the Auto Start Stop function, which can also be used in conjunction with an automatic gearbox.
The advanced chassis engineering of the BMW 2 Series Coupe includes elements such as a double-joint spring strut front axle with suspension struts and anti-roll bars, and a five-link rear axle. The chassis has a large aluminium content and has been adapted specially to suit the output of the engine fitted. This allows the driver to fully exploit the dynamic potential of the new Coupe, to which a low centre of gravity, a much wider track compared to its predecessor and ideal 50 : 50 weight distribution make key contributions. The Electric Power Steering system is as impressively energy efficient as it is accurate and, like the powerful brakes, enhances the car’s precise handling characteristics. This creates an eye-catching and harmonious blend of sporting agility and ride comfort in everyday driving.
A wealth of different options allow the handling characteristics of the BMW 2 Series Coupe to be adapted precisely to individual preferences. As well as Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance for the steering, customers can also specify variable sport steering, which employs a variable ratio for the steering rack to reduce the steering movement required to achieve large degrees of wheel turn. Parking and turning-off manoeuvres are completed safely and comfortably with little steering effort. And at higher speeds drivers can also look forward to the steering precision and straightline stability for which BMW is renowned.
If the M Sport package is specified, customers can also order their car with the M Sport braking system with fixed callipers, four pistons at the front wheels and two pistons at the rear, and particularly large brake discs. The callipers are painted dark blue and carry the M logo. Another item available from the Original BMW Accessories range is the BMW M Performance braking system with even larger, perforated and riveted discs and callipers painted in either red, orange or yellow.
The selection of optional equipment includes Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers and M Sport suspension with extra-stiff spring and damper settings. Both set-ups come with a 10-millimetre reduction in ride height. The BMW M Performance sports suspension (also available from the Accessories range) goes a step further still, offering customers a 20-millimetre drop in ride height, bespoke dampers and shorter, red-painted coil springs for their BMW 2 Series Coupe from launch.
The standard-fitted DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system comes complete with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). These tools are complemented by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function and Start-Off Assistant. In DTC mode, the response thresholds of the driving stability system are set at a higher level. This allows the driver to make use of controlled slip through the driven wheels to pull away on snow or loose surfaces and when taking a particularly dynamic approach to cornering. In DSC Off mode, the Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport) on the rear axle is activated. Here, a carefully calculated degree of braking force is applied to a spinning driven wheel under acceleration through tight bends, so that drive can still be channelled through the other wheel on the axle and traction levels optimised.
The BMW 225d Coupe is fitted with 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard. All other model variants will roll off the assembly line on 16-inch light-alloy wheels. The options list also contains additional 17 and 18-inch light-alloy wheel variants, while 19-inch BMW M Performance forged light-alloy wheels can be specified via the Accessories range.